by Tim Regan August 29, 2015 at 7:30 am 10,066 7 Comments

2400 18th Street NW

(Updated at 12:33 p.m.) A man was shot in the head along a busy part of 18th Street NW early this morning, say D.C. Police.

Third District Commander Jacob Kishter said by e-mail today the victim of the shooting was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Kishter added this afternoon that the shooting occurred in front of the Amsterdam Falafelshop (2425 18th St. NW) at approximately 2:47 a.m. this morning.

Madam’s Organ owner Bill Duggan said his son heard a single gunshot while bartending on the roof of his business at 2461 18th St. NW.

“We complained earlier to the police that they were all just standing in the street and not patrolling the sidewalk or the area in general,” Duggan added.

Several people took to Twitter this morning to discuss the shooting.

This story will be updated as more information is available.

Image via Google Street View

by Tim Regan August 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Dupont Circle beer hall Sauf Haus (1216 18th Street NW) is set to debut a new retractable roof by Sept. 19, says the bar’s general manager John Issa.

Currently, the bar’s top floor patio is protected only by a few moveable sheets. The new retractable roof will help protect the bar area from the elements as well as control the temperature there, Issa says.

The new roof will also contain noise coming from late night bar crowds and live music.

“This was a big motivating factor in the owners’ decision as they’re working hard to be a fun, neighborhood bar and not a late-night nuisance,” says Sauf Haus marketing and event coordinator Brittney Roberson.

Designer Adam Ford Roll-A-Cover designed the new roof, which Issa says will have cost “in the six figures” once installed. Ford has also designed retractable roofs for the Argonaut, Jack Rose, Ivy & Coney and Red Rocks on H Street.

Renderings courtesy of Sauf Haus

by Tim Regan July 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

Pei Wei closed on 1212 Connecticut Ave NW

The Pei Wei located between Nando’s Peri-Peri and Public Bar at 1212 18th Street NW closed on Saturday, one of the store’s former employees told Borderstan.

A visit to the store this morning found the shades drawn, doors locked, exterior sign removed and several pieces of kitchen equipment already missing.

The Little Beet store will move into the space in October, said a spokesperson with The Little Beet.

The Little Beet is a gluten-free restaurant based in New York City that serves a menu of salads, simple proteins and juice.

by Tim Regan July 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Photo via Facebook.com/BicycleSPACEBicycleSPACE will host a grand opening event for its new Adams Morgan location this weekend.

Starting Friday at 10 a.m., attendees will be able to enter to win a bike, get 15 percent off bikes that cost over $1,500, enter a photo contest and walk away with a free water bottle.

The store, located at 2424 18th Street NW, sells bicycles,
electric bikes, clothing and shoes.

Photo via Facebook.com/BicycleSPACE

by Borderstan.com May 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.

"Grown"

Come to the Marie Reed Elementary School on Sunday. (Courtesy of Yachad)

This Sunday, May 5, Yachad (yah-khad) will be hosting a Grown Up Field Day (ages 18+) at Marie Reed Elementary School full of obstacle courses, relay races, mind challenges and field games, all with a home-repair twist. The competition will run from 11:45 am to 3 pm and will be followed with bar specials in Adams Morgan.

Teams of four to six people will compete for glory, beer specials and bragging rights, as well as prizes. The best team, worst team and best-costumed team will receive prizes from partners including Balance Gym, Pleasant Pops, Vita Coco, KIND Snacks and others. Other partners include Millie & Al’s, Grand Central, The Blaguard, Tryst, Kickball365, Landshark Lager, Captain Cookie and the Milk Man, Los Lobos Burrito Cart and more.

Individual or team registration is open for $25/participant. Limited individual registration will be open the day of for an additional $10/participant. Marie Reed is at 2201 18th Street NW.

One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the event will benefit Yachad and its young professionals network, Yachad United. Yachad’s mission is to bring communities together by preserving affordable homes and revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the DC area. Yachad United needs to raise money in order to complete two large scale repair projects throughout the year. Not coincidentally, one of the repair projects will take place at Marie Reed Elementary School.

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by Borderstan.com October 5, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,201 0

"Duplex"

Duplex diner to offer bunch. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Let’s face it, DC is a city that loves brunch. (We even have resident “bitches” who tell us how to do it!) And now, the city has one more brunch spot to add to the list. This Saturday, Duplex Diner (2004 18th Street NW) will start offering brunch from 11 am until 3 pm.

Here’s what to expect on the menu:

  • Homemade buttermilk doughnut holes with a bourbon glaze
  • A brunch burger, topped with a fried egg
  • A shrimp, goat cheese and arugula omelette (among other  varieties)
  • Southern eggs benedict with fried green tomato, goat cheese, and hollandaise on top of a biscuit
Duplex Diner will also have brunch champagne specials ($3 per glass or $20 for a pitcher). For more information, or to check-out the menu, visit Duplex Diner’s website.

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by Borderstan.com September 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,524 1 Comment

"Dupont Market"

The Dupont Market: a great  go-to-place. (Sarah Lipman)

From Sarah Lipman. Follow her on Twitter @LipmanSarah or email her at sarah[AT]borderstan.com.

If I can’t decide what I feel like eating, or it’s Sunday and I’m in need of some vino, I seem to always find myself at Dupont Market at 1807 18th Street NW. Not only can you pick up one of their sandwiches–including breakfast–but you can also find a decent selection of red and white wine, six packs of beer, kitchen staples, and a whole lot of random sh*t.

Sure, you’ll find a few basics like peanuts, milk, and flour, but you’ll also find:

  • Okra chips
  • Cashews glazed with pomegranate and vanilla
  • Hawaiian Bamboo Jade sea salt
  • Ballymaloe country relish
  • Sweet mango chutney
  • Jamaican style ginger ale
  • Dandelion and Burdock cola
  • Hollandaise sauce

The best sandwiches I’ve tried are the borracho (marinated artichokes, grilled chicken, swiss), the salad sandwiches (egg, tuna, or chicken), the cubano, and my personal favorite, the humberto (smoked turkey, swiss, lemon, sprouts, avocado).

Dupont Market: The Details

  • Where Am I Going: 1807 18th Street NW, between Swann and S Streets.
  • When Am I Going: Monday to Friday, 7 am to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 10 pm.
  • Paycheck Pain: Sandwiches are pretty cheap, but the extras can seem more expensive than they’re worth.
  • What You’ll Be Eating: Sandwiches to go or to eat out on the patio, wine and beer, and random food products.

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by Borderstan.com June 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm 1,576 0

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.

Beautification comes at a price for city residents; the flower boxes and trees are an improvement to acres of concrete, but the process from start to finish is anything but lovely. Adams Morgan businesses and residents have been enduring a seemingly endless improvement project that has led to traffic snarls, decreased business and a lot of headaches. P Street businesses remember the year plus where parking spaces for local restaurants were non-existent as construction was underway.

"U Street NW"

Streetscape Project for U Street is scheduled to begin June 11. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Well, U Street, you’re next. The city plans on beginning work on U Street between 9th and 14th Streets NW on Monday, June 11, and will go one block at a time, starting at 9th Street and moving westward. (For the full story, see Tom Hays’ Streetscape Project: U Street Rehabilitation To Begin June 11.)

Sidewalks will be widened, the streets will be repaved and storm drains replaced in addition to the landscaping components. The Washington Post reports you should expect less parking and anticipate making alternate arrangements for about a year. I wonder if anyone’s warned all the prospective buyers further down 14th Street.

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by Borderstan.com June 1, 2012 at 9:00 am 1,708 2 Comments

"U Street NW"

The Streetscape Project for U Street NW gets underway this month, starting at 9th and working westward. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email at Tom[AT]borderstan.com and follow him on Twitter@Tomonswann.

A large crowd turned out for the pre-construction meeting on the streetscape rehabilitationproject along U Street NW. At Wednesday night’s meeting it was announced that the project is scheduled to begin the week of June 11 and is expected to be complete in April 2013. The blocks to be upgraded include both the north and south side of U Street from 9th Street NW to 14th Street NW.

Councilmember Jim Graham (D-ward 1) was the opening speaker and quickly tried to temper the anxiety anyone in the room had by explaining that this project will not be nearly as disruptive at the current 18th Street Adams Morgan project — at least during this first phase. Graham then introduced many stakeholders, including contacts from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Myla Moss of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B and Brian Card of the U Street Neighborhood Association.

When Graham asked for a show of hands, residents slightly outnumbered business owners in attendance at the meeting.

Improvements and Disruptions Detailed

A representative from David Volkert & Associates Engineering walked attendees through the improvements and gave details on what to expect during construction. The improvements will include new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bus pads, bike racks, storm drains, traffic signals, lighting and multispace parking meters. The $5 million project is mostly federally funded with about 16% coming from local funds.

Construction will begin at 9th and U Streets NW and move west toward 14th Street. Upgrades will take about three to four weeks per block, per side. During that time, parking will be interrupted: first as the curbs are replaced, then as pedestrians are routed into the parking lane as sidewalks are replaced. The sidewalk will be widened where conditions do not meet ADA standards. Planners hope to maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction. Steel plates and ramps will allow pedestrians to access affected businesses during the process. Bus stops may be moved temporarily when they are in the construction zone.

Business Owners Are Concerned

During the question and answer period, business owners expressed serious concerns about the impact on their operations. Councilmember Graham pointed out that owners will be able to apply for no-interest loans for assistance. A few commenters dismissed the benefit of the loan program and suggested other compensation such as tax relief. The project will impact a variety of independent stores, restaurants and bars. Among the impacted businesses are such U Street landmarks as Ben’s Chili Bowl, Lee’s Flower Shop, the Lincoln Theater and Nellie’s Sports Bar.

Phase Two and Beyond

The second phase of the project from 14th to 18th Street is scheduled to begin in late 2013. That segment is expected to be more intrusive as there will be deeper digging in the street for upgrades. The upgrades along 14th Street NW are on hold as extensive development currently underway would interfere with the project. The current target for the start of that project is now fiscal year 2015 or 2016.

The Borderstan neighborhoods have seen similar streetscape upgrades over the years. Recent ones include the blocks of P Street west of Dupont Circle, 17th Street NW from P to R Streets and several blocks of 18th Street NW in the middle of the Adams Morgan commercial strip. While the reviews of the improvements have generally been favorable; the disruption to the businesses especially during the P Street and now 18th Street NW projects have been well documented.

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by Borderstan.com August 8, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

“Follow the Leader” is from Vileinist in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Follow the Leader,” is from Vileinist and was taken on November 24 at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group and submit up to five photos per day in the pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com August 4, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,197 0

“Street Philosophy” is from Vileinist in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Street Philosophy,” is from Vileinist and was taken on April 3rd. He says “this little gem was found in an alley off of 18th Street NW.”

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group and submit up to five photos per day in the pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com June 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm 1,426 0

Zaab Restaurant, 18th Street NW, Dupont Circle

Zabb Restaurant  soft-opened this week and plans to open in the next one-to-two weeks. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things; you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

Zabb Restaurant is now soft-open at 1836 18th Street NW, in the space formerly occupied by Straights of Malaya.

Construction on the space started several months ago, and the modern Asian restaurant and bar will serve a range of pan-Asian cuisine including Chinese, Japanese and Thai-inspired dishes. They plan to open “officially” in the next one-to-two weeks. Stay tuned for details on their grand opening party.

The menu features a range of traditional and non-traditional sushi rolls, creative dishes like lobster mango salsa and salt chili shrimp, as well as old favorites like drunken noodles, curries, and pad thai.

Zaab Restaurant, 18th Street NW, Dupont Circle

The main bar on the ground floor at Zabb. (Laura Herman)

In the interim, they are soft-open for dinner service only and are offering ten percent off of your total bill in exchange for your feedback on how they’re doing.

More photos below the fold!

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by Borderstan.com May 26, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

Borderstan, pnzr242, 18th Street NW, Adams Morgan

“Hosin’ it Down” was taken by pnzr242 on 18th Street NW.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Hosin’ It Down,” was taken by pnzr242 on May 20, on 18th Street NW in front of Bourbon.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com April 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm 2,939 4 Comments

DC Korean food, Restaurant Mandu, 18th Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos, Borderstan

Mandu serves up traditional Korean fare at 1805 18th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens of One Bite At A Time where she writes about food, cooking and even offers up some great recipes. You can also find her on Twitter at @frijolita.

Spring is on its way, folks! While you Borderstanis are reveling in the warmth, the tulips and the cherry blossoms, I am running around trying to eek out the last bits of Winter style eating. Braised short ribs. Hearty meat sauces. Anything braised or baked. Anything that sits a little heavy when you eat it or requires a side of a half loaf of bread to sop up meaty jous.

I checked weather.com and it looks like we have some rain coming our way. Yes! Know what some chilly, gray weather calls for? A big ‘ol hot stone bowl full of bibimbap! (Fried egg on top is a must.) Everyone has their “chicken soup” of sorts and mine is bibimbap from Mandu on 18th Street NW.

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